The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Tucker Ba­gley For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Up­per More­land may have been with­out their top run­ning back at Washington Field Fri­day night, but the Golden Bears still steam-rolled Phoenixville, 42-7.

“I think our line came out and con­trolled the line of scrim­mage,” Up­per More­land head coach Adam Beach said. “When we can do that, we can con­trol the flow of the game and that is what we did tonight.

Up­per More­land (2-0) wasted lit­tle time, scor­ing on all three of its firstquar­ter pos­ses­sions to build a 20-0 lead that the Phan­toms (0-2) were never able to sur­mount.

“They were blitz­ing early and they were ready for us,” Phoenixville coach Evan Breis­blatt said. “They stopped us early andwe had a fumble on the first drive. We just couldn’t stop their of­fense all night.”

The Golden Bears were led of­fen­sively by the duo of quar­ter­back Bren­dan Olexa and run­ning back Caleb Mead, who man­aged to put up over 300 yards of to­tal of­fense and com­bined for six touch­downs.

Olexa, who had never man­aged to throw a touch­down in his high school ca­reer prior to Fri­day night, con­nected for three scores, hitting Bryan Mow­ery and Ron­nie Per­relli for 40-yard touch­downs in the first half and hook­ing up with Brett Bross­man for a 12-yard score that put the game away in the third quar­ter.

“It was ex­cit­ing, we were run­ning a lot and the line pro­tected me all game,” Olexa said. “(The re­ceivers and I) have been work­ing all off­sea­son and I am very con­fi­dent in any of them go­ing up against any de­fender.”

The Golden Bears’ of­fense scored a touch­down on their first six drives of the game, only be­ing forced to punt late in the fourth quar­ter once the game was well in hand.

“All the credit goes to the of­fen­sive line,” Mead said. “They have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, the holes were open and I was just do­ing what I do.”

Mead was a work­horse for Up­per More­land dur­ing the first three quar­ters of the game, tot­ing the ball 22 times and pick­ing up 161

yards, while Cole Kitchen added four re­cep­tions for 49 yards. Kitchen also had a fumble re­cov­ery and an in­ter­cep­tion on the de­fen­sive side of the ball.

Phoenixville’s of­fense strug­gled out of the gate, com­mit­ting five false starts in the first half and only man­ag­ing 206 to­tal yards of of­fense, 37 of which, came on a wide re­ceiver pass from Zion Small to Do­rian County.

The Phan­toms’ lone touch­down came on a 15yard scram­ble from quar­ter­back Con­nor Pata­nia.

Travis Panella put up 85 yards on 15 car­ries for the Phan­toms, lead­ing their rush­ing at­tack for the sec­ond week in a row. But as Breis­blatt put it, the home team was un­able to con­sis­tently move the ball down the field.

“Our of­fense worked bet­ter when we spread them out,” Breis­blatt said. “I ex- pect us to be able to run the football with our of­fen­sive line, but we kept shooting our­selves in the foot with penal­ties.

“I can’t be­lieve this much has changed in one week (af­ter scor­ing 31 points against Great Val­ley), but we’ll watch film and see what we can fix be­fore our next game.”


Phoenixville’s Con­nor Pata­nia looks to go around Up­per More­land’s Rod­ney Gowans and Billy McKenna.


Up­per More­land proved to be too much for the Phan­toms to han­dle in non-league football ac­tion.

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